IPOH: Three friends claimed trial at a magistrate’s court here to seven counts of duping a man into investing RM747,000 in a business purportedly to supply medicine and disposable items to the state Health Department.
N. Narendran, 34, Meor Asri Ariffin, 43, and S. Robert, 47, pleaded not guilty to the seven charges under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
They had allegedly deceived one Zain Mohamed Ismail, 55, into banking the amount under the account of Mesna Medical Supplies between June 25 and July 2 this year at the CIMB branch in Jalan Kampar here.
The offence carries a maximum jail term of 10 years with whipping and a possible fine, if convicted.
DPP S. Kavitha urged the court to disallow bail, saying the sum involved was huge.
Lawyers Nurul Azira Abd Aziz, Jaswant Singh and E.P. Seeralasittan represented the accused.
Magistrate Nur Melati Diana Abdul Wahab allowed bail at RM20,000 for each accused, and ordered them to report to the nearest police station monthly.
She fixed Sept 24 for the case to be mentioned.